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Acting Upon Uncertain Beliefs

Belkoniene, M; Dziurosz-Serafinowicz, P; (2019) Acting Upon Uncertain Beliefs. Acta Analytica 10.1007/s12136-019-00403-2. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This paper discusses the conditions under which an agent is rationally permitted to leave some uncertain propositions relevant to her decision out of her deliberation. By relying on the view that belief involves a defeasible disposition to treat a proposition as true in one’s reasoning, we examine the conditions under which such a disposition can be overridden and under which an agent should take into account her uncertainty as to a proposition she believes in the course of a particular deliberation. We argue that, in some contexts, an agent can be faced with the choice of either accepting or not accepting a proposition she believes in the course of her deliberation. We provide a description of such higher-order deliberations within the framework of expected utility theory and draw conclusions regarding the phenomenon of pragmatic encroachment on knowledge.

Type: Article
Title: Acting Upon Uncertain Beliefs
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s12136-019-00403-2
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12136-019-00403-2
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2019. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Decision-theory, Higher-order decision, Belief, Acceptance, Pragmatic encroachment on knowledge
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10083839
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